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2 Buffalo startups out as last round of 43North begins

The 43North finalists have been whittled down to the final 10 startups.

After more than six hours of pitches that began Thursday morning and stretched into mid-afternoon, judges pared the field of finalists from the original 16 down to the 10 startups that will make additional pitches tonight for the contest's $1 million grand prize.

Only one of the three finalists from Buffalo, online fitness and wellness trainer Burner Fitness, made the cut to the final 10. The other two local finalists, breast feeding product maker Rachel's Remedies and blood platelet preservation company Cellular Preservation Technologies, were eliminated and will not win any money from the $5 million in prizes that will be handed out tonight.

The finals will have a decidedly California flavor. Four of the remaining contestants are based in the state.

The 10 finalists are:

  • Burner Fitness: a Buffalo company that offers online training from professionals and wellness coaches.
  • Femi Secrets: an Atlanta-based company that makes eco-friendly feminine protection products.
  • Kangarootime: a Long Beach, Calif., company that has developed a mobile and web operating system for childcare centers, schools and camps.
  • Moving Analytics: a San Francisco company that has developed an app-based cardiac rehabilitation system that allows heart attack patients to do rehab work at home, monitored by nurses, rather than having to go to a specialized center.
  • Qidni Labs: a San Francisco company working on renal replacement therapies (artificial kidneys) that fit in the palm of the hand and can be used by millions of patients with kidney failure.
  • SomaDetect: a company from Fredericton, New Brunswick, that helps dairy farmers monitor the quality of the milk produced by their cows.
  • Squire: a New York City company that is described as the "OpenTable for barber shops."
  • Suncayr: a Kitchener, Ont., company that makes a product that changes colors to alert sunscreen users to when their sunscreen no longer is providing protection against ultraviolet light.
  • Tara AI: a San Jose, Calif., company that uses artificial intelligence to match independent contractors within the programming community with companies seeking software talent for specific projects.
  • Vivacelle Bio: a Chicago company with extensive Buffalo ties among its leadership that is developing a nanoparticle fluid to reverse the adverse effects of blood loss.

The runner-up will win $650,000 while the third place finisher will get $550,000. Five other startups will win $500,000. Two will go home empty handed.

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